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3D Chocolate Printer

Paolo DF Re:Can't wait... (91 comments)

Sorry, folks, but I *have* to chime in.
Anything you call "pizza" isn't pizza if it doesn't seem *and* taste like italian pizza (I'd go further and say Neapolitan Pizza). Fullstop!
Now, I also like PizzaHut and stuff, but I just consider it what it is: something made with spongy bread, sauce, some weird cheese, and a lot of other stuff on it.

about 3 years ago

Mars Rover Down? Spirit Stays Silent

Paolo DF Re:Oblig (91 comments)

Mufasa (fixed that ...)

more than 2 years ago

Smithsonian To Feature Video Game History

Paolo DF Wrong poll system (74 comments)

They should have asked *first* everybody in the gaming arenas (the various forums dedicated to videogames) for suggestions, and *then* opening a 'general public' poll. Differently, you get what we see: an incredible mess of random videogames selected by a 'curator'...

more than 3 years ago

Texting On the Rise In the US

Paolo DF Honest question (468 comments)

I always wondered why the Americans adopted SMS sooooo later than European

more than 3 years ago

Space Station Astronauts Gain Internet Access

Paolo DF Re:Yes, but ... (201 comments)

...and that is, hmmm, how many football fields? Or was it Libraries of... no, wait!

more than 4 years ago

The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Pleo

Paolo DF Re:Stupid product... (40 comments)

Awww, come on! It is a Camarasaurus, not a T-Rex ;-)
It seems to smile, if you look at it!
And by the way, there is a "t-rex" behaviour, where it roars! It reminds me of "Lilo and Stitch" when Stitch destroys the San Francisco model he made, hehe.

more than 4 years ago

The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Pleo

Paolo DF The owners like it (40 comments)

Well, you'd say, obviously!
Disclaimer: I own a Pleo.
I know that it's not engaging as it could be a cat, but it can be engaging as it could be -say- a turtle.
Of course this is just an attempt at AI, with some life simulation; so there's nothing like neural-network-simulated-synapses-AI-supercomputer-MIT-experiment, you know.
What's nice is that there have been a couple firmware upgrades, with actually different 'global' behaviours, and there are a few 'SD' behaviours that can change the way Pleo reacts to external activities.
All in all, it is nice to have the thing moving around in the explore mode, and toy with it and make it purr or barf or stand on two legs :-)
Ah, by the way, a link may be nice

more than 4 years ago

Comparing the Freedoms Offered By Maemo and Android

Paolo DF Not a chioce right now (244 comments)

I think it can be marked as redundant, but there isn't any actual choice right now; and by the way, do we have a shipping date?

more than 4 years ago

Nokia Sues Apple For Patent Infringement In iPhone

Paolo DF Re:I'll ask it again (367 comments)

I don't know... If you read the quote (copy&paste from BBC website):
"The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for," said Ilkka Rahnasto, vice president of Legal & Intellectual Property at Nokia.
"Apple is also expected to follow this principle."

It seems that is more of a 'gentlemen agreement' thing.
I am not a native English speaker, though.

more than 4 years ago

Bluetooth Versus Wireless Mice

Paolo DF Re:Wireless Mighty Mouse (519 comments)

Of course you can lift and drag!
Read the instruction manual: you'll find that you just have to hold the mouse by those two lateral buttons (not squeezing them, just holding) and you'll be fine!

more than 5 years ago

Zombie Macs Launch DoS Attack

Paolo DF Re:Instant Karma... (757 comments)

yet, yesterday there was this discussion on Slashdot, saying nobody wants to use CLI (as usually Linux users do), hence everybody uses Windows...

more than 5 years ago

Scientist Forced To Remove Earthquake Prediction

Paolo DF Re:Bad Science (485 comments)

you can see in the images that lots of buildings are the "bricks" kind, and others are the "concrete" kind.
However, many buidings made in the '50s are meda with a concrete that is quite bad for today's standards, where the irons show oxidation and their seismic "capability" is not even near modern constructions.

more than 5 years ago

Scientist Forced To Remove Earthquake Prediction

Paolo DF Re:Bad Science (485 comments)

I have to tell you that most of the buildings in those towns are very *very* old buildings, not concrete-seismic-proof structures. Thatt is because central Italy has still got a lot of its medieval towns up and running.

more than 5 years ago

Firefox's Effect On Other Browsers

Paolo DF Re:What astonishes me... (475 comments)

That is *exactly* what I did with my parents.
I also did it with Thunderbird/outlook by adding a skin.

about 6 years ago



Twitting from space. This time for real

Paolo DF Paolo DF writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Paolo DF (849424) writes "You will surely remember when a story here was about astronauts twitting from the ISS, but it was actually a relay: the post was sent to Earth and then published.
well, not any more. NASA just reported a real Internet access active from space. The news are here."

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Geocities shutting down today

Paolo DF Paolo DF writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Paolo DF (849424) writes "There is not much to say: Geocities is closing today. It has been a sign of the rising "Internet for everyone" era. You may love it, or hate it, but millions of people had their first contact with a web presence right here.
I know it's something that most slasfotters will see as a n00b thing, and that the Internet was fine *before* Geocities, but I still think that nevertheless some credit is due. Heck, there's even a modified xkcd homepage for that!"

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French President Sarkozy's bank account hacked

Paolo DF Paolo DF writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Paolo DF (849424) writes "French President Sarkozy had his personal bank account hacked. French weekly Journal du Dimanche reported that small amounts of money were repeatedly stolen from mr. Sarkozy's account.
Herald Tribune article here.
Are banks going to introduce brand new silly security systems, or maybe the problem resides in the chair-keyboard interface?"

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Visit Leonardo's Last Supper online

Paolo DF Paolo DF writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Paolo DF (849424) writes "In yesterday's news, we discovered that Leonardo's Last Supper, displayed in Milan, is at risk because of the pollution powder carried inside Santa Maria delle Grazie by visitors. This risk led the authorities to limit admittance to the masterpiece.
Now, however, anyone can appreciate the beauty of this masterpiece online, by visiting
This is a *huge* 16 billion pixels image made from 1677 separate images.
Although this can not replace the real deal, you can see details unavailable to 'in person' visitors."

Italy: be reimbursed if you don't want Windows

Paolo DF Paolo DF writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Paolo DF (849424) writes "An italian user asked for a reimbursement after buying a Compaq Computer which came with Windows XP and Works 8 preinstalled. HP tried to avoid the EULA agreement that -more or less- states: "If the user doesn't agree with these terms, he shall contact the manifacturer in order to return the software and receive a reimbursment".
The court ruled in fovour of the user, who received back 90 euros for XP and 50 for Works.
This ruling is particularly important in Italy, since it is one of those countries where computer=Microsoft Windows. Corriere della sera has a report (italian), and here is the ruling (PDF, Italian)."

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New currency on its way (more than worldwide)

Paolo DF Paolo DF writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Paolo DF (849424) writes "Foreign exchange company Travelex by scientists from the National Space Centre and the University of Leicester came up with a new currency, and new coins, too!
The QUID BBC reports is perfect for deep space usage, and it exchanges at nearly 10 euros. Be sure to take a few QUIDs with you on your next trip to the Moon!"

European Court confirms 497 M Euros fee

Paolo DF Paolo DF writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Paolo DF (849424) writes "Microsoft just lost its appeal in the trial for abuse of dominant position.
The European Court of First Instance upheld the ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position. BBC news has a full report on this story here.
Does this represent winds of change?"

Paolo DF Paolo DF writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Paolo DF (849424) writes "it seems that the iPhone finally got its FCC certification. You can assume it by checking the iPhone homepage that used to carry the "this device is not for sale and it is awaiting the FCC authorizations" disclaimer.
I was curious to see when was it going to disappear, since they are really approaching the release date, and they sure didn't want a no-go because of a FCC delay!"

Paolo DF Paolo DF writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Paolo DF (849424) writes "It often happens that employers ask for certification of your skills. Be it a Diploma, or a Master, or some other Graduation level. In order to demonstrate how good they know a CAD program, professionals are often asked to provide an Autodesk Certificate, or a Microsoft Training Certificate to show how good they are at using Windows (yeah, really!).
My question is:
Is there somebody certifying Linux Users/Power Users/Sysops/whatever?
Is there a somehow standard certification system?
Is there a widely accepted/recognized skills scale?"

Paolo DF Paolo DF writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Paolo DF (849424) writes "Two italian students have been recently condemned (at a three months and ten days confinement) for creating a p2p network sharing movies and music with other students, because they violated two articles of the Italian Copyright Law. Now, the "Corte di Cassazione" wikipedia entry (court of last resort, born to "ensure the observation and the correct interpretation of law") cleared their charges, since that law is about copying for profit, while they weren't making money out of the p2p network.
Here is the story, from the major Italian newspaper "Corriere della Sera""


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